Jan 13, 2008

The Glass Castle

On the way back from our Christmas vacation in Costa Rica, we got stuck in the airport. As I was browsing through the gift shop wasting time, I found this book. I remembered that my friend Jenny had actually heard the author of this book speak in person, so I figured it might keep my attention long enough to get through the long airport delay. Ends up it did much more than just "get me through." I wouldn't consider myself an avid reader, but I could not put this book down. It's a true story of the tainted childhood of a successful New York journalist, as she grew up in poverty. My words describing it cannot do it justice! Here's one quote I found that I think more accurately describes it...

Dani Shapiro, author of Family History says "Jeannette Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhoods ever to be set down on the page. This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit."

I couldnt' say it better. For me there's such satisfaction in finishing (as I usually only make it half way through books) a good book that left you thinking and pulled your heart at the same time. Just let me know if you'd like to borrow it, I'd be happy to share. :)

7 comments:

The Rowe Crew said...

We seriously had SO much fun with you guys the other night...must do it again soon ;o)

Leigh Ann said...

Hi Sharee! I have been reading your blog. I am so jealous of your Costa Rica trip, but it looks like you had such a good time! Hope all is well:)

Northcutt Family said...

I love reading and love to get good recommendations! I'll have to check this book out! (Also - great pics! Matt and I went to Costa Rica a couple years ago and it has been one of my most favorite trips!)

Poefam said...

Look at you reading and recommending a book! IMPRESSIVE! And, WHEN are we hanging out! Quinn hasn't seen you in who knows how long!?!?!?

Shelby said...

Can't wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. Have you been cheating?????? (our little deal....remember?)

Mandi said...

Shareena! I took your suggestion and read The Glass Castle... it was wonderful . I couldnt put it down and read it in 3 days! tI sure did tug at the heart strings though! Let me know of other good books you have read as it seems we have similar taste and I've been in a major book reading mood lately!

mary b said...

my sister and grandma just finished reading this, and they COULD NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. everything refered back to this book in some form or fashion.